The Astrological Significance of Mars
Mars is the Roman counterpart of the Greek god of war Ares. He rules battle, courage and manliness. He is also associated with armies and the police, and as such is sometimes believed to help maintain civil order. He is one of the 12 Olympians, and his parents are Jupiter and Juno (Zeus and Hera for the Greeks), the king and queen of the gods.
Dragons, horses, dogs, vultures, owls and woodpeckers are sacred to him, and he has four fire-breathing horses to pull his chariot. Its colors are red and purple – red for blood and purple for intuition. Appropriately, Mars, the planet associated with this god, is also called “the Red Planet.”
Mars is the planet of action, passion, drive and fiery energy. The position of Mars in your natal chart shows how you express these things, as well as qualities like anger, sexual desire, self-confidence, assertiveness, ambition, strength, perseverance, and courage. Mars rules the sign of Aries and is the co-ruler of Scorpio alongside Pluto.
What is retrograde Mars?
Mars is retrograde when the planet Mars appears to rotate backwards. This happens about every 26 months and lasts about two and a half months each time.
Previous problems may surface and need to be fixed in order for you to finish what you started. It’s time to examine your beliefs, desires, and intentions. Mars Retrograde encourages you to reflect and meditate so you can deepen your insight into the situations you are dealing with. It requires less action and more patience.
Dealing with retrograde Mars
Mars Retrograde represents a time when you can slow down, wait, plan and strategize. Allow yourself to pause, rest and reflect.
If you were born with Mars retrograde in your natal chart, you will get through this period more easily than most people. Thinking before you act comes naturally to you. You tend to avoid impulsive, aggressive behavior and you always try to walk the right path.
To prepare, check which house in your natal chart Mars will move retrograde through. This can help you see which parts of your life you need to work on. If you don’t already have a natal chart, you can join California Psychic’s Karma Rewards program to receive a free natal chart, and if you need help interpreting your results, a reading with an experienced astrology psychic can help, too understand what to expect from the upcoming Mars Retrograde.
Mars retrograde in the 12 houses
Here are some brief descriptions of how Mars Retrograde may affect you as it moves through each house:
You take another look at yourself, inside and out, when Mars Retrograde is in your 1st house. It’s time to change what you don’t like. However, this is not the time for elective surgery. Find a healthy way to release your anger and frustration. Some methods you can try are dancing and swimming, although any full-body activity should do. Avoid combative people.
Mars Retrograde asks you to review your resources. Do you use them wisely? Do your values align with what you want in life? Do you take good care of your finances and watch how you spend your money? This is a good time to create a plan to create more wealth for yourself.
Mars retrograde through your 3rd house implores you to watch what you say! This is a crucial time to think before you speak. Write down what you want to say before you say it. This can help you think carefully about your words before saying them out loud. As you know, once those darts fly out of your mouth, there’s no turning back. Please also drive the speed limit.
If you’re feeling frustrated with your home and family as Mars moves retrograde in your 4th house, don’t let your anger fester. Communicate with them in a kind and compassionate way and work to resolve those old issues so you can enjoy a new, more positive energy when Mars goes direct.
With Mars moving retrograde in your 5th house, this is not a good time to push yourself to create something new. Open yourself to inspiration. Take this opportunity to look at the stars and dream. You’ll be amazed at how this revitalizes your ability to express yourself creatively.
If you can be like a cat and take a nap while Mars is retrograde in your 6th house, do it. In addition, you should not exert yourself too much during training. Your body works so hard for you, and if you ignore it when it tells you to sit down, it can force you to lie down instead. Monitor your pets’ health more closely than usual and give them a little more love and attention.
Exercise caution in your relationships as Mars retrogrades through your 7th house. You may get into more arguments with your partner than usual and the fights could get violent, so do your best to take the peaceful path now. Remember never to use honesty as a weapon of destruction.
Ask yourself if you’re getting your fair share of the resources you share with others—and check if you’re being fair to them, too. If you’re looking for a loan, it’s best to wait until Mars goes direct. Retrograde Mars in your 8th house could also prompt you to explore your passions. Keep things balanced, healthy, and fun, and you should be fine.
With Mars Retrograde in your 9th house, it’s time to plan your next great adventure or find a way to further your education. Alternatively, you could use this opportunity to finish that great novel you have written. Let your imagination inspire your future plans. Think big!
You may want to change gears in your career, but make sure you think about that decision before you act on it. Think about how hard you’re working and try to slow down a bit. Rethink your career goals. See where you may need to readjust your plans as Mercury retrograde moves through your 10th house.
Take another look at your hopes and dreams as Mars turns retrograde in your 11th house. This transit challenges you to reconsider what you want out of life and can help you figure out how to achieve it. If your friends seem unusually feisty, back off and play the role of the peacemaker. You will weather this storm and soon the sun will shine again.
Mars retrograde in your 12th house can help you uncover hidden mysteries that have blocked your path. If you have repressed anger, deal with it in a positive, healthy, and constructive way. You can discuss it with someone you trust, write about it in your journal, or even exercise—among many other options. A good therapist can help you with this. Let Mars Retrograde help you examine and shed light on any inner darkness you carry around. It tries to give you the support you need to heal from within. Leave it.
Retrograde Mars in 2022
Retrograde Stations: October 30, 2022, at 25°37′ of Gemini
Stations direct: January 12, 2023, at 8°8′ from Gemini
Mars retrograde in Gemini affects decisions, choices, options, opportunities, delays and setbacks. It can also make dealing with these things a struggle. Sometimes you feel frustrated when trying to communicate with others. In addition, your backup may be shorter than usual and you can easily get distracted. You are asked to choose between high and low, good and evil, and light and dark.
Treat yourself to rest and relaxation while Mars is in retrograde. Even Ares, the god of war, must sometimes stop fighting, lay down his arms and let peace reign. This is the perfect time to recharge your inner batteries as you plan your next move. When fiery Mars becomes direct again, you’ll feel refreshed and eager to don your armor, mount your fire-breathing steed, and gallop into the next great adventure.
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